32. Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, Bill Nunn, Veronica Cartwright, William O'Leary
The original Candyman, a mature and deeply disturbing adaptation of Clive Barker's short story "The Forbidden," is one of the more underrated horror movies of the last twenty years. With a nicely acted villain (played by genre icon Tony Todd), an eerie Gothic tone, and an underlying sensuality that's discomforting, it's the rare horror flick that's scary on a profound level.
Unlike this low-grade sequel, which liberally pulls from horror's proverbial bag of clichés. Todd's back in action, yet his equally solid performance here is undermined by an incessant amount of fake jump scares; as in the genre's shittiest films, both cats and booming soundtrack cues are used as lazy "Gotcha!" bait.
An origin story about Candyman's pre-boogeyman days, Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh should've been the movie that put Todd's name in the conversation of big-deal casting directors. The fact that he's still making straight-to-DVD C-movies should say it all.